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– Hi, today we’re gonna be talking about asbestos exposure in the military service, plights it could have caused who could have been disclosed, different benefits you can get. So we hope that you’ll connect us in order to discuss this information.( upbeat music) Hi, and welcome back to Hill& Ponton VA Disability Blog.( piano music) My name is Natalia Jofre, I’m the company COO. – And I’m Attorney Melanie Williams.- And today Melanie andI are gonna be talking about a pretty hot topic, which is asbestos exposurein the military service. So, Melanie, I knowthat we be informed about this, we learn commercial-grades about it. But what we’re gonna do todayis a little bit different because we’re gonnatalk about how veterans are exclusively, or couldhave been specifically exposed to asbestos. But I wanna go back to a littlebit more basic information and then we’ll grow from there. Can you tell everybody, what is asbestos? Is it a natural element or what is it? – Yes, so it is a naturallyoccurring material.It’s found in rocks and soils. Not to get too technological but it’s composed ofthin needle-like fibers that are actually soft and adaptable. The important thing that wewould need to know about it is that it’s heat resistant, so it’s used as a fuel resistant, as insulating material, and it can be used tomake substances stronger like plaster and plastic. So, that’s why it’s used sowidely in so many industries, because it has, you are familiar with, great benefits to different textiles. The question with it is thatwhen it’s inhaled or absorbed, it becomes permanentlytrapped in the body, which can then cause inflammation, scarring, genetic damage, which could then leadto cancers and illness. Basically what you need to know, it’s been banned inmore than 60 countries, but it hasn’t been are prohibited in the US. So, that kind of shows how bad it can be.- Wow – Yeah.- That’s kind of sad and appalling. So it is feasible, it is purposely consumed. I thought that it was just, you know, inherently, you are familiar with, hapless thatsometimes it’s present in certain cloths. Like, I know we hear about talc cases and it’s because like you said, you know, it comes from boulders and minerals and so, inherently, itwas sometimes in the talc or in the materials used for talc, but sometimes it is purposely used in order, like in cement? – Yeah, it is purposely used to support its profitable influences, like the fact that it’s heat resistant and it’s used as insulationand things like that.I judge the negative health effects about it weren’t realized until last-minute, and we’ll talk about thatin a little bit as to why. – Okay. So speaking of, you know, when youcould have been exposed, who may have been exposedto this in the military? – So if you served in themilitary from the 1930 s to the 1970 s, in allbranches, you are at high risk because the military used it extensively. In the army and the air force, both used asbestos and electrical wiring, insulation vehicles. The Navy and the Marinesused it in sends, shipyards, airplanes, other armored vehicles.And with those carries, theyalso had inadequate breathing, which impels somethinglike asbestos a lot worse. If “youre gonna” a vehicle car-mechanic, so while accomplishing routinemaintenance work on vehicles, there is indeed asbestoses in brakepads, clutches, tolerates, gaskets, aircraft car-mechanics, because it was also used inthe rudders, fuel systems, hydraulic arrangements, veterans who work with boiler organizations, piping or cooling systems. According to the VA, this is the list of, “theyre saying” any ex-serviceman “whos working” in the followingcould have been exposed. Ship yards, construction, carpentry, demolition, mining and milling, isolation, pipings, roofing, flooring, plaster membranes, and friction commodities. So it’s a lot.- Oh my goodness! – Not simply that, you could have also been disclosed because it could have been hiddenin your sleeping quarters or within vehicles, withinweapons, within houses. And, it’s not only veteransfrom the 1930 s to 1970 s. Also, they have found that in Iraq and other countries in the Middle East, they imported large amounts of asbestos in recent years for construction.So, if a building was dismantled, desert breezes could havespread the asbestos for miles, disclosing all the veteransthat served in Iraq, – You’re going down this list, which is almost incomprehensible to me. And, I’m sitting here think, well, you’re prettymuch flood,( scoffs) I entail, that’s a lot of details of show if “youre in” the service- Yes. during those times. – Yes.- There were a lot of opportunities for you to be uncovered, – Right. – You know, it’s so interesting, you give this informationand I don’t think you realise like how, instructive itis, how mind-boggling it is. Like, I ever foresaw asbestos was something thatsometimes regrettably in the seventies was in the insulation. And so you breathed itthrough these volcanoes, you know, we we’ve heard of sick houses and that, that was pretty much, you know it was just a happenstance and an miserable coincidence, but from what you’re sayingand the highway it was used, I mean that it was actually even used.- Yes – This is crazy, and wewere just talking earlier about Vietnam ex-servicemen. And so this is still a large portion of our population thatcould have been exposed to asbestos and have status as a resultof that revelation right now. Like this is not, – Right. – I think that lots of era beings meditate, Oh, this was a long time ago, so this isn’t affecting me now. This item, this doesn’t prepare but, time the list that you rendered, shipyards, creation, carpentry, the mining, the milling, and then the fact that you said that it could have been living quarters. Goodness indulgent. And then you were sayingthat even in recent fightings with Iraq, did you sayIraq and Afghanistan were importing it? – Iraq exclusively, but other countries in the middle East as well. So it’s likely.- Okay. Okay. So generate us new ideas what medical conditions arelinked to asbestos exposure. Because you may have acondition and is just like, I had no idea this could havebeen because of asbestos. So, – Right. – Can you make us an idea of what some of those conditions could be? – Yes, so there are cancerous and there are alsonon-cancerous maladies. They’re going to revolvemostly around the lungs. The more popular is what’scalled mesothelioma. It’s a cancer thatoccurs in the thin layer of material that coverings themajority of the internal organ. It’s almost exclusivelycaused by asbestos. So that’s why that’s theone that we sounds the most. – Yes. – There’s also lungcancer, ovarian cancer, laryngeal cancer, and then some of the non-cancerousconditions, asbestosis, which is scarring of the lung material that stimulates breathing difficulties. COPD, chronic obstructivepulmonary canker. There’s also pleural plaques and effusions and distribute pleural thickening. Basically it’s scarringin the internal surface of the rib cage and theareas encircling the lungs.So it can cause breathing difficulties. So you’ll wanna look for evidences like sting, cough, breathlessness, shortness of breath, ache around the rib area. Just, different lung-related necessities. – I know that you mentioned asbestosis, and I know from myexperience with these cases because there’s also masstorts claims by the way, associated with these claims and just so that peopleknow you can have both, you can pursue a claimfor veteran benefits or disability benefits as a result of, illness suffered from asbestos exposure. And you could also have, you are familiar with, a mass torts claim, because of this exposure as well. So they’re not like mutually exclusive.- Right – But you mentioned asbestosis. So, simply to touch on that really quickly, can you qualify for benefits for asbestosis as wellas, asbestos show or, and for that circumstance? – Yeah, so asbestos show is not a condition in and of itself. So that’s not something that you claim. You claim a condition or an illness or an illness that “youve had”. So asbestosis is the condition, that is the diagnosis thatyou would be claiming for. And again, whether it’s, you know mesotheliomaor any other condition, you’re claiming that thecondition that you have, and then the cause of itis the asbestos exposure. – Okay. Is it difficult to prove theexposure to the asbestos? – Just like anything else with the VA you’ll wanna make sure thatyou have, sufficient evidence. So you’ll either require your service records or you’ll wanna specify the following statement or you’re gonna specify your MLS, what your military functions were, describe duties and responsibilities in detail. And you’ll wanna talkabout how “youre gonna” uncovered, how often and for how long. And then that’s gonna help establish, because we know all these different areas where exposure was used, that’s gonna help show thatyou were exposed to asbestos – Talking about showing, what if, what, and we, I think we have a lot of veterans that could be used to fall under this.What if you were exposed toseveral different things? I mean, what if you wereexposed to asbestos, but you were also exposed to Agent Orange, but you were also exposedto other herbicides, you know, how do they figure that out? Or how do they are aware which one, which umbrella to put you under, I suspect? – Right. So, – Or does it matter? – So each, exposure or noxious chemical is gonna have its own sort ofset of diseases or conditions.So like for Agent Orange, we know there are certainpresumptive conditions like diabetes type two. Asbestos exposure does not have its own presumptive cases but, you are familiar with, the lung conditionsare more related to asbestos while, Agent orange has differentother types of conditions. So it’s gonna depend onwhat medical manifestation establishes, what scientific studies have shown that what provisions are caused by, which, type of exposureor which chemicals. So basically you’ll wannaclaim all the conditions that you have and explainthe different ways that you were disclosed. And then a doctor, either the VA examiner or your own doctor willkinda help figure out what provisions do youhave that are due to what toxic shows. – Okay, great. Any other admonition youcan give on these claims and perhaps, can you tellveterans what to do if they feel that they have been exposed to asbestos? – Yes. So, one of the slippery thingswith these asbestos claims is they may not, your requirement may not showup for years and times. It can remain in your figure for decades.We’re talking 10 to 70 yearsafter your initial exposure. Cancers can take 20 to50 years to develop. So you may have beenexposed in the seventies and then now is whenyou’re having manifestations and you wouldn’t even thinkthat it’s due to asbestos. But so you’ll wanna talk to your doctor, whatever you notice, whatever you feel, particularly related to lung preconditions, make sure that you talk to your doctor so that they can give you a suitable diagnosis. And then you’ll wanna try and think back and recollect how you couldhave been exposed to asbestos and then have the doctormake that connection for you. – Okay. As normal, great information, Melanie. Thank you. – Thanks. – If you have any questions orwant additional information, delight feel free to inspect our website or bellow our office. Otherwise, thanks for joining us. – Thanks.( forte-piano music continues ).

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